The Adams County Sheriffs Office (ASCO) is a service organization.
Our primary mission is to service the Court of Common Pleas by providing
security in its court rooms, serving its various warrants, writs, summons,
subpoenas, complaints, and Protection of Abuse orders not just for
the court, but for attorneys and private individuals. In addition to
these functions you will see by reading below that the Sheriff's Office
does much more than that.
The Sheriff's Office also handles landlord-tenant complaints, executes
eviction orders, conducts levies on personal property and holds Sheriff’s
sales. The Office also administrates the state’s Concealed Carry Weapons
permit program in the county processing applications, conducting background
investigations and issuing permits. The ASCO also issues permits to
sell firearms and precious metals.
While not a primary duty, Sheriff Deputies provide assistance to local
police officers when requested and enforce the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code
while driving through the county during regular business. By doing this
the ACSO adds to the overall safety of motorists and pedestrians within
As your elected Sheriff, my belief has been that the ASCO is more
than just a service component to the courts and police. Our Deputies
work here, live here, shop here and play here: we are all a part of this
county. I see it as a community-oriented office.
Accordingly, I have
involved the Office in many community programs that better relations
between county citizens and the ASCO which help foster mutual respect
Some of these programs are:
• The ACSO participates in the Easter Bunny Foundation
. The Sheriff himself will don the Easter Bunny costume and visit community
organizations in our county that deal with youth and the less-fortunate, from young children to senior centers and nursing homes. He and they bring some joy as a part of giving back to this community.
• The Sheriff participates in the “Deputy Phil” Program
. ASCO personnel visit various schools in Adams County teaching children about safety, strangers, intervention and bus safety through the use of a puppet and magic show.
• Leggie, our K-9 has been known
to make school visits too, much to the delight of the younger students
Leggie has alos made numerous visits to area Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troop
as well as summer day camps for children.
• Sheriff Muller belongs to Adams County Tech Prep
, an effort geared towards
preparing High School students who wish to pursue a career in the Criminal
Justice field through the use of a “shadowing program.” He also sponsors
a newspaper in Education Class (donating a copy of the Gettysburg Times)
to a school.
The Adams County Sheriff and his staff have proudly supported the Wounded Warriors Ride for the past several years by providing traffic safety escort services to the numerous pedal powered riders who participate in this charity event on behalf of America’s wounded warriors. The route takes them from Washington, DC, through Maryland and into Pennsylvania where it terminates in Gettysburg.
Jim Muller believes very much in community outreach and volunteering.
He hasn’t taken the narrow view that the Sheriff should concern himself solely with what goes on between the County Prison and the Court House. He believes that his Office is part of the greater community of citizens within Adams County. He inspires that philosophy within the Sheriff’s Office and his personnel have responded to his lead in kind. The citizens of this county can be proud of the men and women of the ACSO and their Sheriff.
<- Yes, that is Sheriff Muller in that Easter bunny suit!!